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Merkel Comments Send EUR/USD to Six-Month High

Merkel Comments Send EUR/USD to Six-Month High

Martin Essex, MSTA, Analyst

Talking Points

- Chancellor Angela Merkel described the Euro as “too weak” for Germany.

- In response, the common currency soared.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave the Euro a boost Monday, saying it is “too weak” because of the European Central Bank’s monetary policy. Speaking to schoolchildren in Berlin, she said “The Euro is too weak… due to the ECB’s policy and, with this, German goods are comparatively cheap”.

Her comments follow persistent criticism of the ECB’s loose monetary policy by her finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has said that it increases the risk a new global financial crisis – a sentiment that ECB President Mario Draghi has consistently denied.

Following the Chancellor’s comments, EUR/USD surged to its highest level since November 9 last year.

Chart: EUR/USD Daily Timeframe (November 2016 – May 2017)

Merkel Comments Send EUR/USD to Six-Month High

Chart by IG

The Euro also climbed against the British Pound, which again failed to make significant progress above the $1.30 level.

Chart: EUR/GBP Five-Minute Timeframe (May 22 Intraday)

Merkel Comments Send EUR/USD to Six-Month High

Chart by IG

--- Written by Martin Essex, Analyst and Editor

To contact Martin, email him at martin.essex@ig.com

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